These short videos from the History Channel contain some great information and "kids history" clips about Thanksgiving and its origins.
Habitica helps you improve your day-to-day habits by gamifying your life and turning all your tasks (habits, dailies, and to-dos) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up, your character starts backsliding in the game. Create a custom avatar, and input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and quests. Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom awards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show. Habitica makes it simple to have fun while accomplishing goals.
"Every Frame a Painting" is a YouTube channel dedicated to the analysis of film form. The series analyzes the best in cinema in order to illustrate masterful techniques like the magic of visual comedy, composing movement, musical scores, or the power of editing.
Draw a terrible doodle and let Google's AI try to guess what it is. This Pictionary-like game is built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. The more you play with it, the more it will learn. This is an example of how you can use machine learning in fun ways.
It's never too early to start looking at colleges, applying for scholarships, and so on. If you're planning on going to college, this site lets you search by major, price, location, etc. Can't narrow it down? Compare multiple colleges at once. Have a particular college in mind? Look at its enrollment data, graduation rates, retention rates, how many students get a four-year degree in four years or less, and more.
The Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. Enter your text, and Hemingway App will tell you which sentences are hard to read, suggests better words and phrases in place of others, and makes general recommendations on how to improve your narrative.
TimeRime lets you search, compare and make free timelines. The timelines can be filled with audio and video fragments, and shared with others. This is a useful history-teaching and project tool.
Mango is an online foreign language learning web site. Learn different languages at your own pace through simple tutorials on the web browser, or download MP3 tutorials and listen to them offline.
Storyline is a collection of digital chldren's books, presented as videos and read by Screen Actors Guild members. Activities and lesson materials for the books are included.
JamStudio is an online music creator. Specify your instruments, chords, and how you want them mixed, and JamStudio will create a catchy, simple tune for you. Use this as a music theory tool, as simplistic accompaniment for music practice or songwriting, or for a quick musical podcast intro.
Toy Theater is a collection of early learning activities to be used as another tool in the teachers toolbox. The site is aimed at both preschool and primary school age children but is open to people of all ages. These are great activities for an interactive whiteboard.
This interactive site from NASA introduces the properties of black holes. You can travel to and into a black hole and see what happens to certain objects when they cross the event horizon. Many exercises to help illustrate the text are provided.
This teacher resource guide from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee is packed with information and classroom ideas for Veterans Day, as well as some worksheets and other printables for students.
Protagonize is a story and writing collaboration site. Users come up their own stories, or contribute to others, adding parts as the story progresses. Use Protagonize as a fun group project in a creative writing class.